Afzal Ballim is an Irish-Swiss transformational CIO, bilingual English-French, who gained experience through senior positions in Switzerland, the UK, the U.S. and Ireland for multinationals, research institutes and NGOs in strategy development, change leadership and creative solution delivery.

He devised and obtained adoption of enterprise IT strategies at executive committee level, leading design, development and implementation across all continents. He led and managed large teams spread across the world, and prepared and managed budgets of up to $80 million. He created operational service centers, and offshore support. He is knowledgeable in all areas of business through owning and running a small software company and is the holder of a Ph.D. in Computer Science.

Afzal employs an intuitive understanding of business priorities to establish bottom-line focused IT strategies. He is a highly effective communicator and team leader with proven ability to work effectively with individuals at all levels and in all functions, and he is adaptable and resourceful with a strong aptitude for learning new domains, able to bring enthusiasm and a high level of creativity to projects and initiatives thus ensuring superior delivery.

Afzal Ballim performs consulting activities in IT strategy, project conception and delivery (in particular ERP projects such as HR SAP, knowledge management and collaboration). He is the author of a book on artificial intelligence and of numerous articles in professional journals, books, magazines and conferences.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Afzal Ballim and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Articles by Afzal.Ballim

The Global CIO

Ransomware: ‘World War Business’ and the post-modern CIO

While security has long been an important topic for a CIO, and the Security Officer has become an essential member of the CIO's core team, are you ready for the war that organized crime and rogue states are aboutu to wage on you?
April 13, 2016
The Global CIO

Why you need to make 2016 the year of the customer

According to leading research companies, many CIOs are stuck in the past, centered on internal operations. This leads to marginalization and the inability to make significant change for your organization. If you want to make a difference, then you need to be customer obsessed.
February 3, 2016
The Global CIO

Should you migrate to Windows 10 in 2016?

Should 2016 be the year you migrate to Windows 10 and Microsoft’s new model of windows as a service? What are the factors in deciding if you should upgrade your users to Windows 10 this year?
January 22, 2016
The Global CIO

How to measure and present the business value of IT

It's not just how you present numbers to the business visually, but what information you need to show in order for the executives to understand IT initiatives and value.
July 15, 2015
The Global CIO

The plight of the global CIO

Working in international settings, managing teams across continents, and dealing with partners in different languages and timezones makes the world of a Global CIO very interesting.
May 8, 2015